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How to Waterproof your Basement – a Book’s Worth of Advice

Mar 12, 2013 • By Matthew Stock.

How to Waterproof your Basement – a Book’s Worth of Advice


This post marks the 200th edition of “Basement Matters,” the blog designed to educate homeowners and consumers about basement waterproofing and foundation repair.  With an estimated average of 750 words per post, that’s 150,000 words of solid information on issues important to homeowners everywhere.  Considering that the average novel has about 100,000 words and the average textbook about double that, we’ve offered readers a book’s worth of free advice and information on how to waterproof their basements.

And, we’re not done yet!

Top 10 Most Popular Articles on How to Waterproof Your Basement

We believe that every post we have published on “Basement Matters” offers information and advice that is helpful to somebody and the comments and questions we have received from all over the world have proven that.  However, some topics really strike a chord with homeowners.  Here is our Top 10:

What is Drain Tile 101 | How Drain Tile Works

Learn from this primer on one of the most valuable, and least understood, tools in basement waterproofing.

Sump Pump Reviews: What’s the Best Sump Pump?

Our sump pump expert has seen them all and he recommends his choice for the best all-around sump pump.

How to Waterproof a Concrete Block Foundation

Lots of homes have concrete block foundations and lots of them leak, sometimes in surprising ways.

Foundation Crack Repair Methods and What to Consider

Wall cracks are the most common source of seepage and there’s a right way and a wrong way to fix them.

Cracks in Basement Walls - Why a Foundation Cracks

Cracks don’t just happen.   There’s some basic science behind it and some basic preventive measures that can stop them before they do.

Common Exterior Foundation Waterproofing Membrane Applications

Not to be confused with “damp-proofing,” an exterior membrane is a great way to stop water on the “positive” side – before it starts to make its way in.

Interior Drain Tile vs. Exterior Drain Tile - Which System is Better?

The answer to this common question depends on what type of seepage problem exists and what conditions exist in and around the home.

What to Expect from a Basement Waterproofing Estimate

Most homeowners encounter a basement waterproofing contractor only once and have no idea what to expect from an inspection and estimate.

Top 5 Most Common Sump Pump Problems

Sump pumps can be a lifesaver for your basement but they, like any mechanical device, develop quirks or begin to wear out.

Window Well Covers – All I Need for my Window Wells?

Plastic bubble or steel grate, window well covers are a necessity but window wells need a little more attention than just a cover.

Don’t see your problem covered in the Top 10 list?  Take a look at a complete listing of all 200 posts.

U.S. Waterproofing – a History of Doing the Right Thing

In the early days of this blog, we completed another great source of information for homeowners, this time about our company.  This brief video illustrates for consumers where we’ve come from, where we’re going and why we can be trusted to help keep their homes dry, safe and healthy.

OK, so that was a bit of a break from our usual format of useful information but we’ll be right back on it in blog post #201.  At U.S. Waterproofing, we believe that educating homeowners and consumers about basement waterproofing and foundation repairs is a service to the community and a way to help our customers in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and northwest Indiana to gain a better understanding of how we can help them.  If you’re nearby, please ask for our free advice.

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